Sporting Lagos on Sunday were held to a goalless draw by visiting Doma United in the MatchDay 3 of the 2023/24 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL).
The league newbies remain unbeaten in the league while keeping a third clean sheet in a row.
The Paul Offor-led team welcomed the Savannah Tigers to the Onikan Stadium brimming with confidence due to their bright start to the league.
The forward line led by Junior Lokosa put in the pressure early in the game but the Doma United goalkeeper was brilliant to deny the hosts a goal.
Doma in their own right created rare chances in the second half and would have scored also but for Christian Nwoke who made two brilliant saves from point-blank range to ensure the game ended 0-0.
In the same vein, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan fought from a goal down to defeat Gombe United Football Club 2-1 at the Lekan Salami Stadium.
The hosts displayed great resilience and determination as they fought back against the visitors. Team captain Taofeek Malomo played a pivotal role in their comeback, scoring two goals to secure the full points for the game.
Initially, the visitors took the lead through Bala Aliko’s well-placed shot that wrong-footed the goalkeeper. This early setback motivated the Gombe United side to push for more goals, despite struggling to contain the hosts’ strong offensive start.
However, the hosts, although affected by the reduced noise from the crowd, rose to the challenge and managed to regain control of the game.
Malomo, who was leading the charge in the offensive plays, made a significant impact in the 54th minute by scoring a goal to draw his team level. With a well-placed low shot, he found the back of the net, capitalizing on Mumini Abdulkareem’s pass.
As the game progressed, the hosts continued to apply pressure, determined to secure the victory. It was only fitting that their team captain, Malomo, once again played a crucial role in sealing the win. In the 89th minute, he scored a magnificent low volley in the goal area, securing their second consecutive home win and their second victory out of three games.
Enyimba earned their first points of the season with a 3-2 victory over Akwa United in Aba while Remo Stars secured the first away win of the campaign.
Enyimba were 2-0 up and coasting but the visitors from Uyo pulled it back to 2-2 before the People’s Elephant dug deep to score the winning goal.
Innocent Gabriel and Chijioke Mbaoma struck in the 12th and 14th minutes for the champions but Kufre Ebong gave Akwa United some hope on the stroke of half-time and David Philip equalised just past the hour mark.
Somairi Alalibo netted in the 71st minute to spare Finidi George’s side some embarrassment as they shook off the effects of last week’s defeat at Gombe United.
In Yenagoa, Remo Stars became the first side to win away from home this season by beating 10-man Bayelsa United 2-1.
Goalkeeper Oluaseun Solomon was sent off for Bayelsa United for handling the ball outside the box in the first half and Remo Stars took full advantage.
Adams Olamilekan struck in the fourth minute and Sikiru Alimi extended the visitors’ lead in the 78th minute before Ekeson Okorie pulled one back with two minutes left of regulation time.
In Awka, Enugu Rangers defeated Niger Tornadoes 2-1 to go level on six points with Bendel Insurance at the top of the standings.
Joel Odoh and Godwin Obaje gave the Flying Antelopes a two-goal cushion into half-time, with Bashir Usman reducing the deficit 11 minutes after the break.
Abia Warriors defeated Kano Pillars 1-0 to also get to six points, while Rivers United were held 0-0 at home by Kwara United.
SATURDAY Bendel Insurance 1-0 Plateau United Sunshine Stars 1-1 Heartland Katsina United 0-0 Lobi Stars
SUNDAY Abia Warriors 1-0 Kano Pillars Rivers United 0-0 Kwara United Rangers 2-1 Niger Tornadoes Bayelsa United 1-2 Remo Stars Sporting Lagos 0-0 Doma United Enyimba 3-2 Akwa United 3SC 2-1 Gombe United
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